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Crash closes westbound Route 3 in Fredericksburg last night.
Crash closes westbound Route 3 in Fredericksburg last night.

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Date published: 5/23/2011

Crash briefly closes Route 3 lanes in city

Westbound lanes on State Route 3 in Fredericksburg were closed briefly last night after an SUV hit a telephone pole near 1807 William St.

The vehicle struck the pole at 7:49 p.m. and ended up on its side. The driver had to be extricated and was taken to Mary Washington Hospital, said Lt. David Morris with the Fredericksburg Fire Department.

The man was "awake and oriented" at the time of transport, Morris said.

He also said firefighters cut through the sunroof to get the man out of the vehicle.

The cause of the accident has not been determined.

A neighbor who lives near the site of the accident said she heard a vehicle go past very fast and heard it strike the pole. Then she saw a large cloud of white smoke.

The driver's name and condition were not released.

--Robyn Sidersky